Forgotten Valley Hike at Golden Gate State Park - Day Hikes Near Denver

October 4, 2010 Comments (0) 3-4 Miles, About 60 Min, Colorado State Park Hikes, Creek or Brooks, fall colors, hikes near golden colorado, Lakes, Meadows, Medium, Ruins

Forgotten Valley Hike at Golden Gate State Park

Can you think of a more mysterious name for a hike? Colorado’s Golden Gate State Park has many trails, and the Forgotten Valley is a great place to start discovering this gem that is tucked between Golden and Boulder, Colorado. Get all the details on hiking the Forgotten Valley by scrolling down to the hike snapshot and hiking tips below.

Trail Snapshot: Forgotten Valley Hike at Golden Gate State Park

  • Hike Distance: 3 miles (RT)
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Duration: Approx 2.5 hrs+ Round Trip
  • Trail Type: Out & Back
  • Seasons: Spring to Fall
  • Dogs: Allowed On Leash
  • Hike Trail Map: Click for a Map of Forgotten Valley Hike at Golden Gate State Park
  • Denver Drive Time: 55 min
  • Driving Directions to Forgotten Valley Hike at Golden Gate State Park: Click for Google Map
  • Town Nearest Hike: Golden, Colorado
  • Beauty: Pond, old homestead ruins, wildlife: mule deer, golden eagle, Abert’s squirrel, Steller’s jay
  • Activities: Hiking trails, fishing, backcountry camping, visitors center
  • Park Fee Required: Click For Info

The Forgotten Valley in Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a step back in time.This day hike near Denver takes you 1.5 miles to an old homestead complete with front porch views of the small lake that sits in the bottom of the valley. From the Bridge Trailhead, take the Burro Trail for approximately 3/4 of a mile to where it intersects with the Mountain Lion Trail. Turn North (Left) on the Mountain Lion Trail, and follow that for about 3/4 of mile to Forgotten Valley and the Tallman Homestead. The pond in the valley is stocked by the division of wildlife. We want to thank Kenny Chaffin for his photo of the Tallman Homestead. You can view more of his Denver area photos here.

forgotten valley homestead hike golden

Tips & Resources for Hiking Forgotten Valley Hike at Golden Gate State Park :


Golden, CO
34% humidity
wind: 11mph WSW
H 61 • L 34

Map & Driving Directions

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